Advantages of preserving natural vegetation include:
Maintaining habitat for fish and wildlife
Preserving the aesthetic value of the shoreline
Protecting water quality
Reducing erosion and runoff
Before Altering Vegetation
Before you alter (plant, remove, and/or replace) vegetation within shoreland areas, please contact Environmental Services.
MN State Statute 6120.3300 Zoning Provisions, Subp. 4 and Le Sueur County Ordinance Section 13, Subdivision 5, Part B, state the removal or alteration of vegetation is subject to the following standards:
Intensive vegetation clearing is not allowed within the shore and bluff impact zones.
In bluff and shore impact zones and on steep slopes, limited clearing of trees and shrubs and cutting and trimming of trees is allowed to provide a view to the water from the principal dwelling site and to accommodate the placement of stairways. paths, landings, and water orientated structures.
Please complete the Land Alteration Plan located below and submit to the Environmental Services Department. Before you can do any vegetation alterations, your land alteration plan must be approved.